The Night Before Christmas – WIF Holidays

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Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve

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Julaftonen (Christmas Eve), a 1904–05 watercolor painting by Carl Larsson
Also called Christmas Evening
Christmas Vigil
Day before Christmas
Night before Christmas
Observed by Christians
Many non-Christians
Type Christian, cultural
Significance Day or evening preceding the traditional birthday of Jesus
Observances Gift shopping, gift giving, goodwill greetings, Midnight Mass, other church services, meals, preparations for the arrival of Christmas gift-bringers, preparing for Christmas
Date 24 December (Western Churches and Eastern Orthodox churches that use the Revised Julian Calendar), 5 January (Armenian Apostolic Church), 6 January (Eastern Orthodox Churches that follow the Old Julian Calendar and most Oriental Orthodox Churches), 18 January (Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem)
Frequency Annual
Related to Christmas Day, ChristmastideNew Year’s Eve

Christmas Eve is celebrated in different ways around the world, varying by country and region. Elements common to many areas of the world include the attendance of special religious observances such as a midnight Mass or Vespers, and the giving and receiving of presents. Along with Easter, Christmastime is one of the most important periods on the Christian calendar, and is often closely connected to other holidays at this time of year, such as Advent, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, St. Nicholas Day, St. Stephen’s Day, New Year’s, and the Feast of the Epiphany.

During World War I in 1914 and 1915 there was an unofficial Christmas truce, particularly between British and German troops. The truce began on Christmas Eve, 24 December 1914, when German troops began decorating the area around their trenches in the region of Ypres, Belgium, for Christmas. They began by placing candles on trees, then continued the celebration by singing Christmas carols, most notably Stille Nacht (“Silent Night”). The British troops in the trenches across from them responded by singing English carols. The two sides shouted Christmas greetings to each other. Soon there were calls for visits across the “No man’s land” when small gifts were exchanged. The truce also allowed a breathing space during which recently killed soldiers could be brought back behind their lines by burial parties. Funerals took place as soldiers from both sides mourned the dead together and paid their respects. At one funeral in No Man’s Land, soldiers from both sides gathered and read a passage from Psalm 23. The truce occurred in spite of opposition at higher levels of the military command. Earlier in the autumn, a call by Pope Benedict XV for an official truce between the warring governments had been ignored.


The Night Before Christmas –

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Constance Caraway P.I. ~ Episode 20

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Constance Caraway P.I. ~ Episode 20

…“Who else knows about Libby’s disappearing act?…

“I figured that you worked for the F.B.I, like the guys who were looking for almost the identical records two weeks ago.” The telephone company expert spills a revelation. of sorts.

“F.B.I.?” Constance is startled by this revelation. “Who else knows about Libby’s disappearing act?”

“I’m not sure now,” Martin Kamen relents. The once small trickle is morphing into a significant leak.

“We need to know if these agents were real.” Constance does not trust the altruism of either the federal government cronies or possible cardboard-cutout phonies.

“Maybe this will provide you some answers.” The technician senses the genuine nature of the situation and gives over the names of the FBI agents who came ‘a calling, the day before Libby went missing.

With the addition of the phone records, other interested parties and nice Jewish telephone guy, they have three sources of information that they didn’t have yesterday.

Most of the inbound telephone numbers listed on the green bar sheet originated from the District of Columbia, some local. Outbound digits represent Berkley California, Cambridge Massachusetts and Washington D.C.

“Thank you for your help Mr. Weinstein. Mr. Kamen represents the absolute best interest of Mr. Libby and we are here to get to the bottom of his Image result for hanukkah and christmasdisappearance. Constance Caraway hands him the CCPI business card and her right arm for a handshake, followed by Martin.

Fanny adds, “Happy Hanukkah,” not knowing that it had ended 14 days ago, whereas the whole floor holding Illinois Bell was still decorated in red and green.

“And a Merry Christmas to you, Miss.”

Kimbark 6137Back at 6137 Kimbark, there is a treasure trove of information to sort through.

“Why don’t you go back home Eddie. Keep this under your hat and we will call you when we know our next move.”

“You got it Con!” His sudden familiarity reflects the strange bond that is forming. Fanny gets a hug. Martin gets a slap on the back. “I can be on the road in a flash; the Packard has horsepower to spare.”


Constance Caraway P.I.

Forever Mastadon


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Christmas All-Time All-Stars – WIF Pop Culture

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The NULL Solution = Episode 54

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The NULL Solution = Episode 54

…Our heroes on Earth ponder that which they call Lorgan

Pondering Chimp by Christopher Lane

Prez Roy comments on what they see through the space telescope, “All I know is that I never want to be on Lorgan’s bad side. Of all the bad things… and likewise we cannot rule out the good… that go happen, say in the last 4000 years, may be attributable to Lorgan.”

Ancient Israel near Bethlehem {Holy Bible}

After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem 2and asked, “Where is the one who has been born King of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him.”

3When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. 4When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Christ was to be born. 5”In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written:

6’But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for out of you will come a ruler
who will be the shepherd of my people Israel’.”

7Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. 8He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and make a careful search for the child. As soon as you have found him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.”

9After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen in the east went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. 10When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. 11On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped Him. Then they opened their treasures and presented Him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh. 12And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.

Ancient Mars near the Plain of Xanthe {Martian Diaries}

1The spaceship Explorer, which did stop by and visit a red planet, on their way back from planet of their curious intent. The crewmen of Eridanus origin, with no intent of malice, did previous discover a man who was called a prophet. 2The prophet’s name was Isaiah and he was an old man, near death and speaking to any who would hear.

 The leader of the alien Eridanians, a being of short stature and cloaked in the garb of the day, that did tell his underlings that they should take Isaiah from his misery, so they could examine him back at their home world. 4Without malice or bad intent did they snatch him up, before his last breath be taken, along with artifacts from the river Nile valley.

5They did care for old Isaiah, as to preserve his countenance. Alas, they did land on that red planet, to get a closer look at it, a bright light did appear above them. 6Calamity did strike the men of Eridanus, striking them dead, before they could return to their world.

7And so Isaiah was returned to his family, by the bright light, to live out his life in peace, with the promise of a Savior fresh on his mind. 8His prophesies did come true, in the time of Herod the Great, ruler of Judea of the Holy Roman Empire.

Fletcher Fitch sees the light, “Ahhh, I see your point. Who’s going to blame a darn ball for deflecting back a nuke to its sender?  We are grateful that United Korea won’t be a deterrent to world peace anymore.”

This discussion about the mysterious present is far from over…


The NULL Solution =

Episode 54


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From Top Tenz

Is January 6th The Real Christmas?

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A Brief History

It is January 6th, Merry Christmas!  Or wait, is it just Christmas Eve?


Digging Deeper

Digging deeper, in the United States Christmas is mostly celebrated on December 25th, but it was not always so!

Armenians and some other Eastern Orthodox Christians celebrate Christmas day on January 6th, while most Eastern Orthodox (including Russians, Ukrainians, Serbs and Greeks) celebrate it on January 7th, and of course Roman Catholic and Protestant denominations are almost universal in naming December 25th as the big day.

Why the confusion and different days to celebrate?  Because they made it up!

There is nothing in the Bible about the date of Jesus’s birth, and for hundreds of years Christians all over followed whatever schedule they wanted.

For most of the time before settling on a December or January date, Christmas was celebrated in the spring, April or May! Maybe early Christians thought of the birth of Jesus as a sort of a rebirth of the earth, like the spring season.  In any case, there is no historical evidence for a proper date.  Unfortunately, we do not (yet) actually know for certain when Jesus was born.

Many people theorize that a date close to the winter solstice was chosen to take the place of or compete with pagan holidays celebrated at that time, but that is also just a matter of conjecture.  Some scholars read into the Bible or other sources and somehow divine justification for naming one date or another as the “real” Christmas day, but that is also wide open to debate.

No matter which date you prefer, if you celebrate Christmas, we wish you a happy one!

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